The deciduous ornamental grass Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus (Zebra grass) has been in a prominent position in our back garden for about six years. Planted in the main border it looks rather striking.
I wasn’t familiar with it when we purchased this plant, and felt unsure regarding hardiness. Well it hasn’t let us down, although the Aberdeen Summer is not warm enough for development of the silvery white plumes which should show in Autumn.
However the plant is very ornamental with dark green leaves and horizontal creamy bands which appear in late Summer.
Not quite the same this past Summer, where have the Zebra stripes gone. Well they never appeared, I can only think that its because of the terribly cool cloudy weather which we had from early June right through till almost the end of September, occasionally being teased and tormented with a day here and there that hinted of things to change.
This deciduous clump forming perennial is one of those plants which will grow in most soils as long as it is free draining. The architectural appearance of Zebrinus makes it most effective as a single specimen plant standing alone, or in the mixed border as we have it.
In late Winter cut the plant down to ground level and gradually she will return to her former glory.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Full sun/partial shade
Height – 120/150cm
I have seen many impressive pictures which my blogging friends have shown of sunrise and sunsets. This has inspired me to take a few snaps of my own. I found myself wondering about, the red sky at night is a shepherds delight and red sky in the morning is a sailors warning. And also is it possible to tell which pictures were taken at dusk and which ones at dawn.
These three pictures above were taken in the back garden on the 19th of November as the sun was rising.
The three above were taken on November 12th as the sun was setting.